Tips for Teens: Ins and Outs of Summer Jobs

Tens of thousands of teenagers are finishing school for the vacation and are planning to get summer jobs as camp counselors, event-promoters, waiters and fast food workers. Some youth will also work in family businesses.

Youth movement Hanoar Haoved v'Halomed says that most working teens come from middle class families, and don't have to get the jobs. Attorney Hila Porat of the Trendline group says "During summer vacation, it is legal for kids who are 14 to work."

Before starting to look for a job, TheMarker provides some useful information from Israel's labor laws.

Work hours: Teenagers can't work more than 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week.

Breaks: Teenagers who work 6 or more hours a day are entitled to a 45-minute meal break, not on the clock.

Night work: Teenagers under age 16 cannot work between the hours of 8:00 P.M. and 8:00 A.M. Teenagers under age 18 cannot work between 10:00 P.M and 6:00 A.M.

Weekend: Working teenagers are entitled to 36 consecutive hours of rest per week.

Overtime: Teenagers cannot work overtime.

Travel costs: Teenagers are entitled to be repaid up to NIS 21.14 per day.

Medical exam: Teenagers must undergo a physical once a year and get a doctor's permission to work.

National Insurance: Employers must pay NII fees for youth employees, which cannot be withheld from their pay.